posted on May, 11 2005 @ 09:39 PM
THe US could make an arguement for ownership or 'right' to it I suppose, but I doubt any international organization would agree to any one
nation having it, so it'd come down to 'posession by might'.
However, its foolish to think that these things won't become issues. Places like Italy and Germany 'missed the boat', so to speak, on the two
american continents, and the rammifications of that are still being felt today. The first nation to really get into space, put bases on the moon, or
another planet, are going to be the 'super-duper' powers of their millenium. Look at how much of a difference mercantalism, a rather poorly
developed and ineffective economic system, and the primitive states of the colonial era made. Imagine what capitalism and democracy are going to
Look at what some countries can do with just the resources of parts of the planet? Imagine an entire planet!
And imagine how easy it'd be to defend.
It'd almost be worht taking up your entire population, and moving them, en mass, to another planet and saying 'screw you world, we're going to make
our own now thankyou very much'. You wouldn't have to worry about geo-politics, or at least it wouldn't have to be a major concern. You wouldn't
have to worry about 'wars' between other 'countries' because there simply wouldn't be any.
For my own part, I'd suggest that it'd be best to work internationally on everything up to colonization of another planet, whether its orbital
stations, moon bases, or stations beyond the orbit of the earth.